UFC commissioner Dana White announced Wednesday, through his Twitter account, that Dan Henderson will challenge light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in Las Vegas on Sept. 1.
The 41-year-old Henderson has performed at a high level in recent bouts, as demonstrated by his Fight-of-the-Year win over Mauricio Shogun Rua in November.
Jones is coming of a unanimous decision victory over Rashad Evans, in which he was unable to knockout Evans. In his last seven bouts, Jones had either won by submission or technical knockout, aside from the Evans fight.
Jones had some weaknesses exposed in the Evans bout. One included Jones's inability to finish by strikes, who is known to have one of the weaker chins in the light-heavyweight division.
Henderson is known to have one of the toughest chins in all of mixed martial arts, having never been knocked out in his professional career.
Henderson has momentum heading into the bout. Coming off victories over Rua and Fedor Emelianenko, Henderson should be a formidable challenger for Jones, at this point.
Jones has a four-inch height advantage, and will likely use his reach and athleticism to keep Henderson at bay. Jones's unorthodox style presents challenges to most of his opponents, but Henderson is a wily veteran, who rarely disappoints backs down.
There is an interesting side note heading into the fight. Jones has won three of his last five bouts by submission, and Henderson has lost by submission three times in his career; However, those losses occurred over the span of 15 years, and two of them were by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and one by Anderson Spider Silva.